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PREVIEW: DEPORTIVO – VALENCIA (LIGA)

13 Jan 2018
Depor’s face one of the best teams in la liga and at the same time the lack of patience of the fans after a disappointing start. Valencia CF arrive with stability, something missed in previous years.

Referee: Javier Alberola Rojas
Kick-off: 20h45 CET (Riazor)

STATISTICS: SHAKING FORM
Valencia CF represent one of the best recoveries compared to last season, from been one of the disappointments they are now third at the standings and are pushing hard to earn a Champions League spot and are even part of the fight for the title, but currently their form is instable.

Los Ches have lost three of the last five games in la liga and, despite been the fourth best visitor in the competition (14 points in 8 visits), they have lost the last two away games visiting more humble rivals (0-1 at Getafe CF and 1-2 at SD Eibar).

Meanwhile, Deportivo are trying to improve in la liga and big part of the effort has to pass through the Riazor. The Galicians have only added 10 points after 9 games at home, it represents the fourth worst mark at Primera only above Alavés (9), Málaga CF (8) and UD Las Palmas (7).

Valencia CF remain as the team that has clinched more wins at the Riazor playing for Primera División (17), but within the last three visits they have suffered to get something positive. On the campaign2014/15 they lost 3-0, and in the last two they had to fight to get a point with straight 1-1 draws coming from behind.

DEPORTIVO: IMPATIENCE
This game arrives with the public more pending on the market moves, at this point the only team among the last six places without signings is Deportivo. The general opinion is that the team at least needs a keeper and a centre midfielder, but president Tino Fernández said last week that there aren’t ongoing operations, neither arrivals nor exits, o the whished reinforcements will arrive late.

Meanwhile, coach Cristóbal Parralo seems more worried with the lack of improvement of the current players at the squad, as he said during the week, “It has been hard to fix the problems that we detected from day one. We have quality players at the squad, but later we need to know what to do with that talent. The real improvement of the team must come when the team doesn't have the ball, and that's not only a job of the defensive line. The best example was the game with Celta. We worked fine during the week, but in the first chance they scored at minute 3. Then the team comes up and improves, it creates chances and in their second chance they score again, all of that in a game in which you were tactically better, but you didn't compete better."

Team news: Adrián López passed a late test and is available for the game. Emre Çolak didn’t end the last training due to a muscle problem, but was picked though with Parralo calling 19 men as precaution. Lucas Pérez and Fede Valverde are returning after surpassing their physical problems., so only Fede Cartabia remains at the injury room, with Valencia’s loanee Zakaria Bakkali been ineligible for the game.  The players out for tactical reasons are Przemysław Tytoń and Gerard Valentín.

Man to watch: Striker Lucas Pérez. The Galician returns after skipping the previous game at Villarreal CF. It hasn’t been the expected season for him, but Valencia CF is one of his “favourite” rivals, in four games against Los Ches he has scored three goals.

Picked players: (19) Rubén Martínez, Pantilimon (goalkeepers); Juanfran, Albentosa, Sidnei, Schär, Luisinho, Navarro (defenders); Borges, Guilherme, Pedro Mosquera, Fede Valverde, Çolak, Carles Gil, Bruno Gama (midfielders); Adrián, Lucas Pérez, Andone & Borja Valle (attackers).

Predicted lineup: (4-3-3) Rubén Martínez – Juanfran, Albentosa, Sidnei, Luisinho – Guilherme, Mosquera, Borges – Lucas Pérez, Andone, Adrián.

VALENCIA: STABILITY
Valencia CF have finally found stability under the reign of Peter Lim, the key has been the signing of coach Marcelino Toral, who has been able to transmit a clear style of playing and recover some players that seemed lost like Santi Mina and Dani Parejo, while the club guessed right in the market with the incorporations of players like midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia.

Another key was to find a couple of strikers with gunpowder, the combination Simone Saza-Rodrigo Moreno has meant 18 goals this league season, it’s the third best couple in liga only behind Barcelona’s Messi-Luiz Suárez (27 goals) and Celta’s Iago Aspas-Maxi Gómez (19 goals), thus Valencia CF are the second-best scorer in liga with 38 goals in favour, ten less that FC Barcelona.

Team news: Winger Andreas Pereira and centre midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia are suspended, while centre-back Jeison Murillo (muscle) and midfielder Carlos Soler (ankle sprain) are out injured. Midfielder Francis Coquelin only trained twice with the team, but was included in the roster for the game.

Man to watch: Striker Simone Zaza. The Italian is the fourth best scorer in la liga (10) and is the main threat for Depor with his quick combinations with Rodrigo. He only scored once in December after been injured for a while and for a suspension, but now he wants to recover his previous scoring form (9 goals in his first 10 liga games).

Picked players: (18) Jaume Domčnech, Neto Murara (goalkeepers); Montoya, Garay, Gabriel Paulista, Vezo, José Luis Gayŕ, Toni Lato (defenders); Dani Parejo, Francis Coquelin, Nemanja Maksimović , Gonçalo Guedes, Nacho Gil, Ferran Torres (midfielders); Vietto, Rodrigo, Simone Zaza & Santi Mina. 

Predicted lineup: (4-4-2) Neto – Montoya, Gabriel, Garay, Gayá – Nacho Gil, Parejo, Maksimović, Gonçalo Guedes – Rodrigo, Zaza.

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